Luke Weaver abandoned his wind-up and spent a fair amount of time working on his slider. This resulted in giving up back-to-back home runs and surrendering four runs in total across three innings. Things did not fare much better for Corbin Martin or Tyler Clippard. In fact, the only pitchers who looked crisp were Cricthon and Bukauskas, the latter continuing to make a strong case for being part of the Opening Day 26-man roster.
There is a reason fans are often reminded not to make too much of spring training results. Luke Weaver throwing slider after slider instead of mixing his pitches is a prime example of why.
Weaver’s slider started looking good by the time his afternoon was over. Nick Ahmed continues to be day-to-day, but Lovullo has faith that this is still a temporary thing. Josh Rojas is making some serious noise with regard to his candidacy for the 26-man roster. Jon Duplantier and Taylor Widener pitched in a B-game on Tuesday. Widener is once again being stretched out to put in starter innings while Duplantier looked strong in his two innings of work to open the game.
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